We are SO excited for the Central Coast Wine Classic coming up next week, Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10. If you don’t know anything about the Wine Classic and you like wine, food, fine art and/or good music, you’re in for a real treat. First things first: “Like” Parker Sanpei & Associates on Facebook and be entered to win tickets to the event every day: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Parker-Sanpei/111990292225872
The Wine Classic boasts a first-rate rare wine and art auction, the appearance of several celebrity chefs, and the participation of today’s most sought-after international vintners, sommeliers and wine educators. The event is held on our very own Central Coast, mostly in and around picturesque Avila Beach. The Wine Classic was founded in 1984 by the inimitable Archie McLaren as a celebration of gastronomic indulgences, and has sinced welcomed guests from across the globe to San Luis Obispo County year after year. The event also benefits the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation, which has made grants totaling $1,615,943 to 76 non-profit organizations on the Central Coast since 2004.
This year, the Wine Classic has added some spectacular new features that will up the ante considerably. For instance, the weekend will feature the sultry, sensual sounds of world-renowned Brazilian jazz percussionist Airto Moreira at the VIP Outdoor Dinner and Concert at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, Friday, July 8 from 6 to 10 P.M. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by some of the Central Coast’s finest chefs, beautiful special-occasion-only wines, and the hip-swinging rhythms of Airto Moreira and his band (or, alternatively, you can just buy tickets for the concert).
Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the world’s best wines. Visit the Reserve Wine Tasting to taste some of the most celebrated wines from 50 California wineries, all under one roof! Regional chefs will be on hand to pair these wines with culinary samplings from their fine Central Coast restaurants on Sunday from 1 to 4 P.M. Or hit up the Rare and Fine Wine and Lifestyle Auction, Silent Auction and Luncheon at the Avila Beach Golf Resort with cuisine will be prepared and presented by Central Coast chefs Laurent Grangien of Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles; Rick Manson of Chef Rick’s Ultimately Fine Food in Santa Maria; Ian McPhee of McPhee’s Grill in Templeton; and Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post II in Buellton (Saturday, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.).
If you’re the athletic type, the Central Coast Cycling Classic, including winery visits and a wine luncheon, is for you (Friday). Or if you prefer the lap of luxury, check out the Dinner at Hearst Castle in San Simeon featuring Hawaii chefs Roy Yamaguchi, D.K. Kodamaand George Mavrothalassitis (Thursday). For studious connoisseurs, there are symposia and demonstrations galore on topics such as Malbec, Chardonnay, cheese-pairing, and Hawaiian cooking.
To see a full list of Central Coast Wine Classic events or to purchase tickets and get in on the fun, please visit www.CentralCoastWineClassic.org or call Archie directly at 805-544-1285. We’ll see you there!